‘This is one of our most ambitious and adventurous itineraries to date, offering our guests the chance to become true explorers as we navigate one of the most challenging stretches of water in the world,’ said John Downey, president, Hurtigruten Americas.
‘We believe in delivering truly life-changing and memorable experiences for our guests and navigating the Northwest Passage is certainly a once in a life-time experience.
‘Following a year of lockdowns, we know from our customers that their appetite for exploration certainly hasn’t dwindled.’
The expedition cruise takes passengers from the Gold Rush town of Nome in Alaska through the Bering Strait, Chukchi Sea, Beaufort Sea, and the Amundsen Gulf, before arriving at Halifax.
The ship will navigate ice floes and islands, offering opportunities to spot polar bears, whales and seals.
Local histories and cultures will be explained by on board experts who will choose locations along the route to arrange escorted landing and small boat cruising for onshore exploration.
Specialists in biology and wildlife, as well as an archaeologist, one or more Inuit cultural interpreters and a professional photographer will be present on board the vessel.
It features an innovative battery hybrid propulsion system, together with other green technology to reduce fuel consumption and cut CO2 emissions by 20%.